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Hymettus, Athens

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Hymettus, also Hymettos, is a mountain range in the Athens area of Attica, East Central Greece. It is also colloquially known as Trellós (crazy) or Trellóvouno (crazy mountain); the latter originates from the French "très long" (very long) in awe of its winding length of 16km, as used by French travelers during the occupation of Greece by the Ottomans. In antiquity there was a sanctuary to Zeus Ombrios (Zeus the Rain God) on the summit with numerous offerings dating especially to the 8th-7th centuries BC; they are on the site of a military base and not currently accessible. There is also an ancient quarryman's hut on the western slopes of the mountain, one of two buildings in ancient Attica which preserves its roof.The height is 1,026 m at Evzonas and the length is 16km between Athens and the Saronic Gulf and 6 to 7 km from east to west. In the ancient times, the highest point was known as Mega Ymittos and the southern Elattona (Ελάττονα) and Anydro Ymitto (Άνυδρο Υμηττό) (today Mavrovouni (Μαυροβούνι meaning black mountain) and Kontra (Κόντρα)). It was noted for its thyme honey. Marble has been quarried since antiquity. The neighboring communities that surround the mountain are Athens, Zografou, Kaisariani, Vyronas, Ilissia (a region of Zografou), Ymittos, Ilioupoli, Argyroupoli, Elliniko, Glyfada, Voula and Vouliagmeni in the west, Varkiza, Vari, Markopoulo and Paiania to its east, and Papagou, Cholargos, Agia Paraskevi, Gerakas and Glyka Nera. Most of the forest is in the north, and much of the mountain is rocky, deforested, grassy and made out of limestone.
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  • Were there last weekend... My child with bike and we walk. Have walked and cycled there on the way between Papagou and Kesariani. Beautiful view and pleasant hiking trail!
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  • A beautiful city with a unique atmosphere! The historic center is in stark contrast to the modern development.
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  • We hiked all the way through the forest, crossed over the lower road, and continued to hike to the upper road. The forested area is absolutely stunning - greenery for miles, pretty quiet, and very tranquil with nice views. The hike further to the top was very tricky, and we're two fit young people. There were often 90 degree drops to climb over, extremely steep tracks, and loose rocks under-foot which made coming down even harder than going up. Definitely bring lots of water, and don't do this hike if the temperature is over 25 degrees as you will overheat. If you have a car, you can easily access the upper road and see the view (which is pretty spectacular, of the whole city). However, doing so on foot is tricky so proceed with caution!
  • You gotta try it at least once , if you are a biker it's a great place to get started
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